After back-to-back Machinists strikes in 2005 and again in 2008, the company said its reputation as a reliable supplier came under fire from the airlines.Reader ZeHawks Fan comments,
A lot changed last summer because of those Dreamliner troubles. Boeing ended up buying out one of its suppliers near Charleston. What had been Vought Aircraft Industries was now Boeing Charleston - Boeing's beachhead on the East Coast.
"Our relationship with the Machinists union was a factor, but it wasn't the only factor," said Boeing spokesman Russ Young.
But the company and the union couldn't come together on a contract that would have limited strikes.
"There were some meaningful discussions about production stability, about a longer term of agreement. There were a couple of things the union wanted that we just couldn't agree to, like work guarantees," said Young.
There is a HUGE difference between building a BMW SUV and a Airplane. I can fit that BMW 4 times in the center fuel tank now tell me S.C can build this product. I say flip burgers as a "metaphor" meaning low wage earners with zero experience are going to be asked to build a product that puts hundreds of people thousands of feet into the air. I would not trust a low paid no experienced non-union person to put my family in the air.ZeHawks Fan adds,
Obviously you've never lived in S.C. There is a reason why their economy is so poor their "aerospace" workers make as much a burger flippers over here. You get what you pay for honey.ZeHawks has absolutely no clue as to what's going on or what aerospace workers make in South Carolina. Not one clue. I'll happily fly an airliner built in South Carolina. (Seattle residents are busy attacking those unsophisticated hicks in South Carolina right now.)
Old-line unionists like ZeHawks still aren't getting The Big Picture. Seattle could become Detroit on the West Coast again. It wasn't that long ago that Seattle was wrestling with 17% unemployment.
We can still manufacture high-value stuff in the US. Honda has proved it. Toyota has proved it. BMW has proved it. Even GM proved it, until they caved under political pressure from the unions to shut down Spring Hill. We can no longer manufacture stuff in the US with militant unions and rigid management. That old Us vs Them model is broken.